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    I have been wanting to share a comment made by a neighbor on seeing my DS. My neighbor is a 90 year old Latvian, for what that is worth.

    "That car is as ugly as Charles de Gaulle!" Interestingly he tells me that my BX looks much better.

    We all hear some strange opinions and interesting observations. A favorite I stumbled across on a fuel efficiency forum is a gem from a poster called "elhigh" from Tennessee. He was discussing the acquisition by a fellow contributor of a Citroen CX:

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    "The wallet must be willing when stepping up to Citroen ownership, with the exception of the Dyane and 2CV. Citroens aren't simple. They're French to the Frenth degree, a quality where design meets engineering in such a way that both stagger away from the experience wincing but happy."


    Brilliant!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    "The wallet must be willing when stepping up to Citroen ownership, with the exception of the Dyane and 2CV. Citroens aren't simple. They're French to the Frenth degree, a quality where design meets engineering in such a way that both stagger away from the experience wincing but happy."
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    [QUOTE=michaelr;1427751] My neighbor is a 90 year old Latvian, for what that is worth.

    "That car is as ugly as Charles de Gaulle!",/QUOTE]


    Well I wish I could return the compliment, and comment on the styling of Latvian cars , but I can't think of even one car they MAKE.
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    I can - look up Vairogs (Modified Fords).

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    That quote can be read on several levels, it made me laugh aloud.

    As to Latvia - well, many people lost out twice over, once with the Sovietisation, and then the de-Sovietisation; those who had "legally" bought properties in the Soviet era, that were retrospectively adjudged to have been illegally appropriated by the hierarchy back then, frequently had a limited choice to either buy back at the asking price of the former - and again current - owner, or rent, or move out... So I think we can allow them some bitterness - even if the target is ill-chosen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    I can - look up Vairogs (Modified Fords).

    They look like Staline
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    Ooh... Say that on VKontakte...

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    That quote can be read on several levels, it made me laugh aloud.

    As to Latvia - well, many people lost out twice over, once with the Sovietisation, and then the de-Sovietisation; those who had "legally" bought properties in the Soviet era, that were retrospectively adjudged to have been illegally appropriated by the hierarchy back then, frequently had a limited choice to either buy back at the asking price of the former - and again current - owner, or rent, or move out... So I think we can allow them some bitterness - even if the target is ill-chosen.
    Maybe that's why they make the Dartz:-

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    Here's a Vairogs, having trouble with the roads near St Petersburg -1938-latvian-ford-vairogs-junior.jpg

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    I like their jack.!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    "That car is as ugly as Charles de Gaulle!" Interestingly he tells me that my BX looks much better.
    Hi Michael,

    The sign of any great design is a lack of indifference... people either love or hate it....

    Only now are some modern cars starting to echo the design cues the DS pioneered.

    Cheers,

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    They sure are stuck. A jack wouldn't work in the slop (they go down rather than the car going up). I'm betting that tiny car weighs several tons. You can see it's armored and has gun ports for windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ds21bvh View Post
    Hi Michael,

    The sign of any great design is a lack of indifference... people either love or hate it....

    Only now are some modern cars starting to echo the design cues the DS pioneered.

    Cheers,

    Mark...
    Indeed. It is amazing how polarising a DS can be, alternatively known as a Goddess or a cockroach. Americans in particular seem to have a problem accepting the design being so far removed from their concept of what a car should look like. I love reading the comments on sites such as Jalopnik.
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